Eight injured during a takeoff incident in London

All flights were suspended for about three hours on Friday night at Stansted airport in London and eight people were slightly injured after an incident on the takeoff of a Laudamotion aircraft.

“The crew of the OE flight from Stansted to Vienna decided to stop the take-off because of engine problems and to disembark the passengers on the runway as a precaution” tweeted Laudamotion Friday night. Passengers were taken by bus to the terminal and were required to take alternative flights.

Eight people suffered minor injuries, an airport spokesman said.

A passenger, Thomas Steer, told reporters that after about 15 seconds of acceleration, there was a “big bang on the side of the plane that came to a standstill,” shortly after 20:00 GMT.

“It was scary. And the staff shouted evacuate, evacuate,” he said. “My friend opened the emergency exit and we slipped on the toboggans. A few elderly people fell and the firefighters treated them,” he said, adding, “no one was seriously hurt, just light things.”

Flights to Stansted were diverted to other airports.

The airport reported on Twitter around 2300 GMT that its runway had reopened and was fully operational.

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